Third-grade teacher Jessica Schmidt and 7-12 teacher Wendy Bichler collaborate between grade levels in Ashley. The teachers say it’s great for the students helping them to become more confident, creative and communicative.

The older students help the younger ones with writing with the third graders becoming more comfortable sharing their work and the older students asking questions to flesh out details and providing feedback. Collaborating also saves the teachers time because the students edit and proofread each story. That frees up Schmidt and Bichler to move around the room to ask and answer questions and guide the learning process.

The two also talk about how they’ve grown, changed and continue to adapt as teachers in rural North Dakota.


Ashley Public School website

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